AP-FBC-Virginia-Mendenhall, 3rd Ld-Writethru

Dec 2, 2021 8:20 PM

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is stepping down after the Cavaliers play their bowl game. Mendenhall’s tenure at the school will end after six seasons. The surprising announcement came in a news release Thursday afternoon. Mendenhall said in a hastily organized conference call that he needs “to step back from college football.” He says the decision is his alone and that Virginia’s president and athletic director asked him to stay. Mendenhall went 36-38 at Virginia, leading the Cavaliers to four bowl appearances and their only Atlantic Coast Conference title game appearance two years ago.